NSW Point News and Updates

Information, news and updates for NSW Point clients including:

  • NSW Point V2 latest news
  • Beta and Production release updates
  • Technical Release Notes

Looking for NSW Point V1 Support information? Find it here

Release update NSW Point V2 as at 20 April 2020

1. Change in workflow for API addressValidation1 and API addressValidation2

Workflow for these AV1 and AV2 API - NSW Point Address Validation 1 (Parsed and Unparsed) to replicate the Predictive service.

Result - will see the output attribute addressId more consistent across the services. Service will validate against the GNAF data set first and in 80% of cases a GNAF addressId, prefixed by GA will be returned. (eg GANSW704038094)

Impact - there is no impact to web address services and no development changes required. Clients who have stored address data for future reference (eg warehouse) will find the addressId field may be changed to be prefixed GA and will not match existing to GL references. Affected clients can apply to Spatial Services for assistance using our Bulk Address Validation (BAV) services.

2. Improved error message handling - Cadastral Parcel Web Service

Endpoint propertyLotDp error codes have been improved to send appropriate error message.

Result - An error code will be returned to the user.

Impact - there is no impact to the web address services and no development changes required.

Go Live NSW Point V2 - 11 March 2020

Production environment for NSW Point V2 will be available 11 March 2020.

This release includes the following changes:

  • All features outlined in the 11 February 2020 BETA release
  • Minimum number of input characters for the Predictive 1 service to return data has been increased to four (4). Suggestions will not be returned for the user to select until the 4th character is entered.
  • Improved error handling
  • Input parameter name change for Address Validation 1 API only

    Deprecated Name Replacement Name
    postalDeliveryTypeCode postalDeliveryType
    postalDeliveryIdentifier postalDeliveryNumber

  • Output Attributes name changes

    Deprecated Name Replacement Name
    postalDeliveryTypeCode postalDeliveryType
    postalDeliveryIdentifier postalDeliveryNumber

  • Terms of Use have been revised and updated. Refer to webpage.
    Key changes:
    • Debounce a requirement for implementation for Predictive 1
    • 60 day Test & Development access will be applied

NSW Point V2 Release

On 15th August 2019, Spatial Services released the initial beta version of NSW Point V2 APIs for client testing. More

An update will be released into the BETA environment from 11 February 2020.

This update includes:

  • combined predictive service (GNAF-live, GNAF and Mail Address datasets)
  • new address type parameter defining physical or mailing addresses
  • improved performance for scalability and load balance

Our commitment to existing NSW Point V1 clients

Spatial Services is committed to supporting all existing NSW Point V1 API's and the clients that use them.

All Version 2 web services are available under new URLs. The V1 URLs and service support will remain active for a minimum 12 month period from the V2 Production release.

We strongly encourage our existing V1 clients to take advantage of the new services and the opportunity to provide feedback during the Beta period. Support will be provided to transition clients to NSW Point V2, which will deliver superior results with improved features, functionality and reliability.

NSW Point V2 Key Features

1. Enhanced Predictive Address Validation Web Services

The Predictive Address Validation APIs offer a great solution for clients that wish to embed address validation into an online form in a user friendly fashion. As your end-user is typing their address into your form, the Predictive 1 API will offer them selectable address suggestions based upon their input. Once they choose their address from the suggested options; our Predictive 2 API can be used to return a wide range of address and location information for use in your systems.

New Feature Summary

  • A new dataset parameter that allows you to define the address dataset you wish to return suggestions from. This means that NSW Point can now validate both physical and postal addresses from a new "combined" default dataset that includes all addresses found in GNAF, GNAF Live and MailAddress datasets. Ability to restrict the service to source from just to just one, two or all three combined datasets.
  • An increased number of address suggestions can now be returned to your user. The upper limit of the maxNumberOfResults parameter has been extended to 20 suggestions.
  • Address suggestions can now be returned when the Street Number is not included in the user input. This means a list of valid addresses can be supplied to your user for them to choose from making it easier for support staff to find their clients addresses quickly.
  • The Predictive 2 API now accepts POST requests allowing you to return additional "outfield" information in the API response. By including outFields in an API request, you can return additional administrative information (such as Local Government Area Name) for an address. Detailed information is available from the API Documentation page.
  • Improved ‘Fuzzy Logic’ - The predictive service now uses machine learning to return more logical suggestions for an enhanced end-user experience.

2. An Improved and Enhanced NSW Point Widget

We have taken the feedback provided to us about our V1 Widget, combined it with the new functionality available to our Predictive Address Validation Services, and included integration with Service Point to produce a straightforward implementation process.

3. A New Dedicated Postal Address Validation Web Service (Mailpoint API)

This new API allows you to submit a single unparsed address for validation against Australia Post’s Postal Address File (PAF). The request and response information is provided in a format that is consistent with our existing Unparsed Address API but includes additional information that is unique to Australia Post such as Delivery Point Identifier (DPID).

Responses from the Mailpoint API do not include address geocodes.

4. Improved Standardisation and Consistency between all NSW Point Services

We have been working with our partners at PSMA to standardise the outputs between our web services and provide a more consistent experience across all NSW Point.